For the future of our planet it is important to understand how ecosystems function and how they may be affected by anthropogenic disturbances such as deforestation and climate change. The composition of organisms and their interactions are vital parts of ecosystem functioning. Therefore, the understanding of species composition across a range of habitats allows us to get a better understanding of how ecosystems function and how they may be conserved in the future.
A team from the Soil Biodiversity Lab at the NHM, London, shows the methods that they were using to compare two old growth forest plots in Sabah, Malaysia.
Researcher Dan Carpenter explains the different methods they use to sample the invertebrates living in the soil, on dead wood, and flying in the canopy. Discover why it is important to know what is living where, and how the survey findings will help experts to plan the best conservation strategies to protect the forest’s unique biodiversity.